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Dawse

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Wedding fairs - worth it?
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:58:24 AM »
So, we've just started to think about getting some plans together - we've not actually set a date yet - and neither of us really knows where to start. There are wedding fairs near where we live quite regularly and I was wondering if that would be a good way to go about getting ideas.

Would you recommend going to a wedding fair or do you think they're a waste of time? Why?

If we do go, how would we get the most out of it?

I've got a very lovely engagement ring on my finger but at this point that's all there is, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015, 07:10:31 AM »
Wedding expos or fairs can help you to see the different types of food options, venue options, levels of ceremony from most formal to casual, music types and providers, dresses, flowers, etc. If that is something that you think would help you and your DF to make decisions about the important occasion, then go for it. Just be prepared to give and get quite a bit of information afterward. I went to David's Bridal once to look for a special occasion dress and have been receiving emails from them for over five years.
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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2015, 08:45:09 AM »
I found my day-of coordinator at a wedding expo and it was great because I could meet several face to face without having to make an appointment, which might end up being a waste of both of our time. But, if they are already at the expo then you can get at least a first impression there. Once I had the coordinator, any other vendors that I didn't have in mind already were based on her recommendations.

I also got signed up for a free Hawaii trip there (just have to attend a time share pitch!). The pitch was a PITA, but the free trip was nice.

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015, 10:06:01 AM »
I think they're worth it - a good opportunity to meet lots of potential vendors in one place and see what kind of things they offer and compare prices. We found our florists through one and they were fantastic, but it was good to look through their portfolios and compare them. Also good for ideas. Obviously, personal recommendation is always the best way to go, but if you're stuck for that, then I would say go for it. There's usually lots of free cake which a bonus!

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015, 11:10:59 AM »
I think they can be beneficial and can be used in different methods depending on the type of person you are. 

I went to one when DH and I were planning ours (before the internet, yellow pages, word of mouth, and advertisements were how you found vendors back then) and it was great for seeing options and picking up brochures and cards for different companies to then go meet with at a later time. It was to me a great way to "get started".

I was astounded when my nephew and his bride came over after visiting one 2 years ago and during the single day they had contracted a florist, limo driver, a photographer, selected their cake and narrowed down to 2 reception venues and narrowed down to 2 caterers (one venue allowed offsite).

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015, 11:14:42 AM »
It was definitely worth it for me - I found my florist, cake shop, and DJ at the wedding fair I attended. I would not have heard of any of them if I hadn't attended the fair! I lived in a huge city at the time and these vendors were far out in some of the suburbs, but they had much cheaper prices for higher quality things because the rent for their buildings was much lower than the inner-city companies I'd been researching.

One word of caution - be careful about giving out your contact information. The wedding fair in Dallas actually pre-prints your contact information (when you sign up to attend) on these little stickers that you can hand out to the vendors for easy signup for information, sweepstakes, et cetera, and so many of the prizes are so enticing that you can start just handing them out at every place you stop. That means that the next day, through the date of your wedding, you will get nonstop phone calls, emails, and junk mail at your address from some of these vendors. My roommate got 80-something emails from a wedding registry website within two weeks! So when I attended the fair myself, I was very selective about which drawings/sweepstakes I entered and which vendors got my information.

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2015, 11:19:29 AM »
We had a pretty nontraditional wedding  (our only vendors were a casual restaurant for whom we were their first and only wedding catering, and a table and chair rental), so we decided against a fair when the time came.

Friends who had traditional BWWs found them alternately useful and overwhelming/crowded. I suggest looking your local fair up on Yelp or Weddingbee -- my favorite online wedding board  and blogs.

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2015, 01:01:25 PM »
They can be. Just make sure you have a wedding-specific email addy set up, and a phone number as well if you can, so your regular inbox doesn't get flooded. I resurrected an old email addy and set up a Google Voice number that just took messages. When you register to go to one of these things, pretty much any participating vendor who wants your info will be able to get it from the organizers.

There's also lots of drawings you can enter for freebies - they vary pretty widely from priceless to worthless - but if you want to enter those, or get on mailing lists for more info, I'd recommend printing up a few address labels with your name and wedding contact info.
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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2015, 05:49:03 PM »
I only went to 1 or 2, and didn't get a lot out of them.  The only thing I did was get cake inspiration (which my mum then made for me).

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2015, 08:09:01 PM »
It was worth it for me. I found lots of good deals at the one I went to for our wedding.




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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2015, 12:35:48 AM »
They are definitely a YMMV thing. In my case I had little idea of what venues/service providers might be out there, so that was worth a look. Also, the photographer I ended up using was offering a good deal via the email list from one of the shows, so I was able to take advantage of that.
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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2015, 04:17:23 PM »
Just don't take etiquette advice from a vendor, unless they're licensed to give it.  ;)

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Re: Wedding fairs - worth it?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2015, 04:19:01 PM »
I thought they were fun.  I went to one with my mom and another with my MIL.  But, the wedding planning did not go forward any based on the wedding fairs. 

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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2015, 03:13:10 AM »
They can be useful, especially if you can get to  specialised one which will give you access to more unusual vendors, such as an offbeat or an asian wedding fair, where you might be able to find goods and services you might not see in a standard fair.
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2015, 05:36:03 AM »
They can be helpful, but I don't think attending more than 1 or 2 is necessary as in a local area you usually see the same vendors at each show (well, in the UK you do anyway). I found my florist at a local Wedding Fair, and picked up some names of Bridal Boutiques I wouldn't have thought to check out, but I really don't think I need to see any more tbh. If you have a venue in mind and know they are hosting a wedding fair in the near future, you can either attend that one or book a meeting with the wedding co-ordinator the day before. We've booked our venue already and they are hosting a wedding fair this sunday and we've booked a second tour and more indepth planning session for the saturday because the room will already be decked out and I can show my parents.